Your not-so-quiet night at the museum! Join the revelry every third Thursday of the month for live music, free programs, art activities and more…all just for adults!

May 16: This month, we’re highlighting explorations of identity inspired by our free exhibition (RE)CLAIM: Indigenous Artists Reflect on Identity. The selection of artists in this exhibition is representative of a larger community of contemporary Native artists working to assert Native perspectives and challenge misconceptions. Presented entirely through the artists’ own works and words, (RE)CLAIM shares their reflections on the always relevant question of identity. How do you assert your identity?

Are you a performer, vendor, organization or just inspired and interested in making Third Thursdays amazing? Please contact us with your vision for getting involved.

Who Are We?

Bloch Lobby

Pablo Sanhueza & Los Subtropicales

Pablo Sanhueza & Los Subtropicales are the leading Afro-Latin music dance band in the Midwest. Expect a high energy performance of roots and contemporary Latin American music for multicultural audiences!

Bloch Lobby
DJs at Third Thursday

DJ Joe and Ice Kole

DJ Joe is more than a DJ, more than a Drummer, more than just your average party starter, and he’s bringing some friends!

Bloch Lobby

Dance Performance

Enjoy a performance by Xavier Littlehead, champion men’s fancy dancer of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and Navajo Nation, as he combines traditional dance, drumming and singing.

Bloch Lobby

Artist Demonstration

Engage with local Indigenous visual artist Mona Cliff as she shares her beadwork, methods, and culture. Feel free to jump in for a quick lesson as well!

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Community Conversation

Join Jimmy Beason II of the Osage Nation as he talks about historical and contemporary issues impacting the Native community, while also providing information about breaking cultural stereotypes.

Nelson-Atkins Building, Gallery between 205 and 206

Poetry Performance

Local poet, writer, performer, and musician Maite Salazar will be performing spoken word in a not-to-be-missed set. Enjoy their performance before heading into the adjoining Native American Galleries to reflect on their words.

Nelson-Atkins Building, Gallery 214
How the West is One by Will Wilson

Free Exhibition: (RE)CLAIM: Indigenous Artists Reflect on Identity

For centuries, stories of Native American art and culture have often been told through a non-Native lens. Such non-Native narratives have frequently shaped perceptions about indigenous people, including beliefs held by some modern Americans.

In response, many contemporary indigenous artists endeavor to tell their own stories. Provocative, engaging, and often humorous, their art both establishes and reclaims their cultural narratives.

Many indigenous artists also create works that reflect how they negotiate their place within Native and non-Native communities. As Native people living in a country with a dominant non-Native culture, these artists examine the intersections of these distinct cultural worlds.

Bloch Lobby

Drop-in Art Activity: Make Your Own Puzzle

Our identities are often comprised of lessons learned by the experiences that shape us, putting together the puzzle of what makes us who we are. Using abstract self-portraits, we are decorating our own puzzles to “piece ourselves together”. Join us in making your own Contemplative Puzzles, as we try to answer the question, who are we?

Guides available in Bloch Lobby. Tour various galleries.
People looking at African art

Gallery Moment: Hit or Myth

For generations, the Native American cultures have been dismantled through war, forced colonization, and hatred. Today, many remain ignorant to the fact that these traumas still haunt the present for Native Americans. Determined to break the bonds of historical trauma, today’s generation of Native Americans are joining together to show that Native culture is not just a part of the past, but a current dynamic entity of today. This Third Thursday we ask you to consider this history and its implications through our self-guided tour.

Bloch Lobby

Radio Station Prize Pack Giveaway

Some lucky Third Thursday visitor will win a prize package from KPRS Hot 103 Jamz! that will include swag and tickets to the Royals, among other items!

To enter, fill out a Third Thursday MadLib card at the art activity table. Add your name and number and we’ll text the winner at 8:30 pm (better respond quick before we move on to the next person!). Must be present to win.

Bloch Lobby
Happy Hour

Beverages and Small Plates

Enjoy small plates, a full bar and an artful experience!

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